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OPINION: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stands with survivors

OPINION: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stands with survivors

Eleven minutes. That’s how long a woman spent in the back of a taxi one May night in 2015. She doesn’t remember the ride, but for the rest of her life she’ll live with the trauma of what she endured in those 11 minutes.
OPINION: Clarifying highway-twinning questions as consultation sessions wind down

OPINION: Clarifying highway-twinning questions as consultation sessions wind down

'We have held public sessions along the corridors that were studied, making the report available to everyone online. We have had respectful discussions in communities across the province and are hearing a wide variety of viewpoints — all of which are being collected and will be considered.'
OPINION: Alton Gas project a potential disaster in slow motion

OPINION: Alton Gas project a potential disaster in slow motion

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: 'Governments grant permits, but communities grant permission.' It’s critical that we continue to reject this project, not only to avoid its immediate consequences, but to erode the pervasive profit-at-all-costs mentality driving unsustainable development.
OPINION: Soda taxes fall flat in changing consumers’ habits

OPINION: Soda taxes fall flat in changing consumers’ habits

While soda consumption may have slowed slightly in jurisdictions that introduced targeted taxes, it hasn't resulted in an overall improvement in health outcomes. A review of sugar taxes by the Institute of Economic Affairs found that, in response, consumers tended to switch to cheaper brands or suppliers, or to other high-calorie drinks such as juice, milk or alcohol.
OPINION: Highway tolls benefit the government, not the people

OPINION: Highway tolls benefit the government, not the people

Toll highways mean that the government wants to hand you another bill because of where you live. What’s even worse is that they want you to say yes to doing it, so they get the credit for fixing roads. Why should residents of the southern end of the province pay a toll when they need to come to Halifax? Why should people living in Cape Breton pay a toll to get to New Glasgow, Truro or Halifax?
OFF SCRIPT: First MLAs are marginalized, then they get marching orders

OFF SCRIPT: First MLAs are marginalized, then they get marching orders

“The only person to ever come and sit with me (at lunch) from the opposition was John Hamm,” recalls Yvonne Atwell, a former NDP MLA who was the second African Nova Scotian to be elected to the legislature. “(John Hamm) would come if I was there by myself — if there was nobody else from my party — but the others wouldn’t.”
OFF SCRIPT: Mining the exit interview for political gold

OFF SCRIPT: Mining the exit interview for political gold

It's not often citizens get a candid look at the political process. In fact, modern politics is so tightly scripted that we rarely ever find out what political actors really think about their roles. Over the course of the next several months, we hope to change all that. We’ll share the private stories about public life in Nova Scotia and we hope you’ll join us along the way.
OPINION: Eradicating food fraud difficult, but technology will turn the tables

OPINION: Eradicating food fraud difficult, but technology will turn the tables

A team at Dalhousie University in Halifax recently released a surprising study that found that 63 per cent of Canadians polled are generally concerned about food fraud and more than 40 per cent feel they have been victims of food fraud. Technology will ultimately take the guesswork out of shopping at the grocery store and making menu choices, but for now consumers must be vigilant.
OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

"Could you please explain to me why teacher representatives are needed at sports games? What is their role? If this rule weren’t in place, school sports could have continued this year, as many teams are not coached by teachers, but rather by volunteers from the community."
OPINION: Why tax-and-spend policies belong in past, not in today’s global era

OPINION: Why tax-and-spend policies belong in past, not in today’s global era

Yes, liberalized trade has resulted in some job losses in North American manufacturing. But one study .... attributed only 13 per cent of industry job losses in recent decades to freer trade. The rest are due to automation. This technological revolution — a process that protectionism cannot stop — gives dubious appeal to the notion of returning to decades-old tax-and-spend public policies.